Wednesday, May 12, 2010

PLN 31

Lifesaving Hazmat Gear Leaves Denver For DC,” from tells of emergency disaster gear being moved from the central state of Colorado to the Eastern of Maryland, this is important because if there was a disaster on the western side of the US the response would be slowed which would cost lives. The federal Hazardous Material (hazmat) gear is being moved from Colorado to Washington D.C. because the government officials believe that the East coast is at a bigger risk, which may be true. However, this plan is being fought because many think that this move will increase the danger for Western states such as California. This plan relates to education because students are taught to strategically put resources to save lives, and that is not being done here. This also relates to the world as well as the individual because it will put many people on the west coast at a larger risk, and might even motivate terrorists to attack the west coast because they know the live saving gear will arrive late.

PLN 30

Wash. Fire Department May End Low-Priority Medical Call Response,” from tells of a Fire Department that might stop responding to low priority calls, this is important because people need emergency services even if the call isn’t “high-priority.” The Vancouver Fire Department is considering the idea of stopping responding to low priority calls. This is bad because the Fire Department is paid for by taxes and is supposed to be there in a citizen’s time of need, however if this budget cut goes through it will mean bad news for the citizens of Vancouver. 911 calls are always very hectic and scary and most of the time the dispatcher has no idea what is really going on, sometimes the reporting party could think that the injury isn’t terrible when it really is, and then the Fire Department won’t come. This matters to the world because if this department goes through with this change that can lead others into making the same change. This story also matters to education because Fire Fighters are supposed to be role models and if they wont even show up to a call they will lose that status, which is very important for kids these days. This story also matters to the individual because the Fire Department might not come in there time of need.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

PLN 29

Kit plane crash lands in Loveland field,” from The Denver Post, tells of a kit plane that had to make an emergency landing in Loveland, this is important because planes can be very dangerous. “Kit Planes have become very popular in recent years, the customer buys a plane that is disassembled and it is up for the customer to assemble with the help of the manufacture’s directions. There are many accidents involving homebuilt kit airplanes. However, some companies have taken measures to fight these accidents. Rotorway International sells kit helicopters and sends a qualified FAA inspector to the customer’s house after every step the customer completes. This relates to the world because had this accident happened near the city and not in rural areas the pilot might not have had anywhere to land and could have crashed and killed people. This relates to the individual and education because people need to be taught safety better.

PLN 28

“Baltimore Officer Takes Glass Mug to Head, “from Law Enforcement News tells of a Police Officer who was attacked after he stopped to help some motorists, this is important because the officer was there to help the people but instead he was attacked. Recently it has become cool to hate the police and speak out against them; however people don’t realize that the police are here to help them. This relates to the world because it cannot continue with this kind of hatred for those sworn to protect the people that hate them, in education students need to be taught to respect and to understand the sacrifices that officers make for them.

PLN 27

Fla. Helicopter Crew Flying Fewer Patients than in Past,” from, tells of a Air Ambulance service in Florida that is flying less and less patients, this is important because Air Ambulances are often considered overused. The Air Ambulance is flying fewer patients which are a good thing in two ways. First, it decreases risk of overflying the pilots and makes the service safer; it is also good because it means that there are less serious multi-system traumas than in the past. However, this can be bad for the company that provides the Air Ambulance service, the service relies on getting called to keep in business. This relates to the world because this service is important and if the numbers drop too low, it might not be available for the people who really need it. It relates to education because students need to be taught to decipher what is most important in the world, and it relates to the individual because they just might need the helicopter in their time of need.

PLN 26

Man ejected from car on I-225 and killed,” from the Denver Post tells of a man who was killed when he was ejected from his vehicle during a crash, this is important because he was not wearing a seat belt and died because of that. Cars are designed to keep the passengers safe in an accident but this counts for nothing when the passengers or drivers are not wearing a seat belt. According to the Kinematics of Trauma a passenger in a well designed car who is buckled up can survive nearly all crashes including rollovers, however if an occupant is not wearing a seat belt they are ejected through the wind-sheald and land on the ground without any type of cushion. Today, there are signs everywhere reminding motorists to buckle-up, yet there are stories everyday of people dying in crashes because they don’t buckle up. This matters to the world and education because the world cannot afford to lose smart people that could contribute to the world in car accidents that could have been avoided. This also relates to education because students need to be taught self preservation with all the other lessons that are jammed into their heads.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

PLN 25

Okla. Pharmacists Trained to Spot Addicts,” from Law Enforcement News tells of Oklahoma narcotics agents training pharmacists how to spot potential drug addicts based on appearance and verbal signs, this is important because it may help keep drug addicts at bay. Prescription drugs are becoming more and more popular for drug addicts because they are becoming easier for addicts to receive because the addicts can “con” pharmacists into giving them drugs. Pharmacies are not at blame for the problem because pharmacist are just trying to help people when they give them drugs, instead it is the addicts who are to blame because they trick people and make them think they need the drugs for medical purposes when they just want them to get high. However, Oklahoma is fighting back training the pharmacist to pick out addicts and to not give them drugs. This relates to the world because it will cut down drug use, it relates to education because the method teaches an example of fighting a problem. It relates to the individual because it will make the world a safer place where there is less of a risk to get killed by a driver under the influence of prescription drugs.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010


No charges against man with rifle at Summit County High School,” from the Denver Post, tells of a man who picked up his daughter from school with an unloaded .22 caliber rifle in the trunk of his car, this is important because there shouldn’t be weapons on school grounds unless they are used by law enforcement. The man had a unloaded rifle in his trunk that somebody saw and reported. After investigating the issue the Summit County Sheriff’s Office is droping charges due to the fact that it was and accident and he had no hostile intentions. This relates to the world and education because it took place on an educational phyasility’s lot and it teaches a lesson for others and how important it is for people to keep the schools safe. This also relates to the individual because it would be the idividual at risk if this was a hostile action and not just an accident.

Monday, May 3, 2010

PLN 23

Arizona Closing 10 state parks” from, tells of the state of Arizona shutting down 10 state parks, this is important because the state is losing natural habitat that is becoming rare. In education students are often taught the importance of respecting and cherishing the planet, especially recently due to the popular belief in global climate change. One of the main lesions taught is to keep as much land natural as possible, and state parks can be great way to preserve land and teach people to respect the land. However, the state of Arizona is closing ten sate parks due to budget cuts, this is bogus because if people are teaching this lesson, they need to follow through. This can also relate to the individual that might use the land often for recreation, and it especially relates to the world because if the parks are plowed over then they will never be the same.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010


Laptop Falls From Minn. LifeLink Helicopter, Almost Hits Boy,” from tells of a strange story of a laptop computer that fell from a medical helicopter after it took off, this is important because the incident is being investigated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the LifeLink Medivac company. The helicopter needed to leave the hospital quickly because another chopper was about to land and they had a patient who needed the hospital’s assistance. The flight paramedic innocently left the laptop on the helicopter’s skid and it fell of when the helicopter made a turn. The boy who was almost hit told his mother who then called the hospital, who sent a security guard and the flight paramedic. The important part of this story is not that a laptop was lost but that, the system works so well that incidents such as this are investigated by the authorities.
This lesson can be taught in education that we need to work towards making systems such as this work. This can also relate to the individual because the individual needs to know that the justice or investigating system can work and needs to maintain. This story and idea relates to the quote saying that “a true patriot receives a parking ticket, and is ecstatic the system works.” The quote means that people need to work towards the system and be proud of what they have, even if it is a parking ticket

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

PLN 21

New Hampshire Pursuit Exceeds 100 MPH,” from tells of a car chase in New Hampshire where speeds of 100 mph were reached, this is important because car chases are very dangerous and this suspect did not seem to have any reason to run from Law Enforcement. The man who ran had no criminal background, but was driving drunk when two Law Enforcement Officers spotted him and began a pursuit. The officers used spot sticks, wires that are spread out on the road in an attempt to pop the suspect’s tires. The spike strips worked but the suspect continued to flee. Many Sheriff Departments and Police Departments have set requirements for officers to chase suspects, such as the threat level of the criminal or whether or not he is armed. In recent years Law Enforcement Helicopters have become a popular tool for Law Enforcement to use against fleeing suspects because no matter how fast a car is it cannot out run a helicopter. However, helicopters are very expensive and can use tax payers money, that could be put toward education or funding for parks that so many children enjoy. The question is; it worth using money from education or a park to help keep the world safe?

Thursday, April 1, 2010


Eagle Scout Fined $25k for His Mountain Rescue” from tells of an eagle scout who broke his ankle in the mountains, this is important because sometimes victims lost in the mountains will refuse to call for help because they cannot afford the rescue. Under New Hampshire law victims of a mountain rescue are required to pay back the agencies involved in there rescue. Many people refuse to call for help because they know that they will have to pay for their rescue. In Colorado all search and rescue is free, this lets lost hikers much more ready to call for help if they need to. This relates to the world because Colorado can be an example for states like New Hampshire where they charge for rescue.


Coast Guard medevacs man off tugboat in Southwest Pass,” by Lt. Rebecca Fosha tells of a Coast Guard Rescue Helicopter that hoisted a man off a tugboat because he was having symptoms of a heart attack. This is important because when boats and ships go at sea they can be miles away from help if there is a medical problem with somebody onboard. Luckily, the coast guard is available to come to a citizens need. This relates to education because people need to create systems that are there for other people and be able to work those systems. This relates to the world because America can be a role model in showing other countries how to take care of its citizens.


In English 9 with Mrs. Smith laptop computers are an everyday part of class. Every morning students come in, check out their laptops, and begin their work. Laptops make learning easier than the old fashioned way of pen and paper. Laptops have spell check that teaches students how to spell correctly. Also, the entire internet is at the student’s disposal. Quick, easy searches on the internet can teach a student more than looking through an encyclopedia. Laptops can sometimes be distracting but the benefits outweigh the risks in education.


Search intensifies for missing Greeley girl” from the Denver Post tells of a 12 year old girl in Greely Colorado who went missing after she didn’t make it to her destination. This is important because it shows how dangerous the world can be. It is often taught to children to stick together and that girls should never go anywhere alone. In this case a partner or chaperone could have prevented this girl from going missing. Howe ever, children sometimes need time on their own and to be self-dependent to grow up naturally. In this case the risks needed to be weighted as well as the benefits.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010


Two-Day Struggle for UK Rescuers to Move Morbidly Obese Man,” from EMS tells of a man who was so fat that it took fire department three days just to get him out of his house and into an ambulance. This is a problem because some much recourse was wasted on one man that if there was a mass casualty incident (MCI0 in the same district lives may have been lost. In Colorado Rural Metro Ambulances has a baritric ambulance that is capable of handling extremely obese patients and the fire department has saws capable of cutting down walls to make the process of extracting patients much faster. The UK divisions should definitely consider this technology

PLN 15

Boy, 2, Shot Twice by Fla. Police Fighting for Life” tells of a 2 year old by who was accidentally shot when Sheriff’s Deputies were shooting at a carjacker, this is important because not only was the suspect shot and killed but an innocent bystander was harmed and is now in life threatening condition. It isn’t often that a law enforcer (Sheriff Deputy, Police officer, federal agent) draws his/her weapon but when they do it is always a serious situation. Law enforcement is taught to be very careful around civilians when they do decide to shoot but it seems that during this incident they were not careful enough. It is a risky situation shooting at people out in the populated world and not on a range so law enforcement officers need to be careful and weigh the risks and benifits


Worse Than Getting Lost in the Mountains? Getting Found by the Local News?” From tells of a group of backcountry mountaineers who became lost in the mountains and were accidentally located by the local news helicopter. In this article the writing actually makes fun of the mountaineers and states how it is humiliating that it was the news that found them instead of a search and rescue team. Search and Rescue (SAR) did not respond until the news company reported them because they had no report of the overdo mountaineers. This relates to education because students are often taught by their friends and even some teachers that it is bad to be humiliated, but these mountaineers could have been in a life or death situation had they had to stay in the backcountry. In the world people are often looked down upon if they do something embarrassing but if somebody wants to survive they need to be able to take the risk.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

PLN 13

Neb. Paramedics Investigated After Boy Handed Radio,” from EMS responder tells of a paramedic who let a boy talk on the Fire Department radio channel in an attempt to calm the boy down after his grandmother had a life threatening asthma attack. The boy was very worried about his grandmother and was becoming a distraction for the medic who was care-giving so the EMT let the boy use the radio to give a required status update to the command center. The effort did help calm the boy down and even inspired the boy to be a paramedic when he was older. However, fire department and police radios are very secure and a serious place. It is a $1,000 fine just for using a swear word on the radio, and only trained professionals are legally aloud to talk on the radio and emergency channels. This relates to education because sometimes the best way to learn something is to do it personally and it relates to the world because sometimes breaking the rules can be alright and help save lives.

PLN 12

“Suspect in deputy shooting reported to be in U.S. illegally” from the Denver Post tells of a illegal immigrant who attempted to kill a Sheriff’s Deputy was in the U.S illegally when he committed the crime, this is important because now it is either a matter of US security or border security. The man was an illegal immigrant form Mexico and attempted to kill a Adams County Deputy. This relates to the world because America needs to keep certain people out of the country if all they are going to do is harm. In education people need to be taught how to protect themselves politically and even physically.

PLN 11

Freeda Simmons’ Death hits both Murray State, Vanderbilt Hard” by Clay Tavis tells of a college basketball player whose mom passed away just after it was announced that her son’s team had made the “March Madness” bracket. Her son, Picasso plays for the Racers who made the tournament. Picasso is still planning on playing in the tournament even after his mother died in a tragic car accident. This shows how the individual can sometimes rise and be part of something greater than them self. This relates to the world because as humans people can come together for something greater than themselves.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

PLN 10

The article “Another Toyota Experiences a “Stuck” accelerator pedal,” from AOL Autos tells of a 2008 Toyota Prius that experienced a malfunction in the car’s onboard computer, this can be very dangerous to drivers and anyone around a wild car. A man was driving his Toyota on a California highway when his accelerator pedal started accelerating without him pushing it. Today, new cars a very computerized, in fact some cars don’t even have a traditional steering column that can be used if power steering fails. This man tried everything to slow his crazy car but nothing worked. He even tried turning off the car but Toyota recently decided that electronic buttons are better than the traditional manual keys. When nothing worked to slow his car down the man tried to turn off the car but the electronic button was not working and therefore the car continued on its dare-devil race. This relates to education because students are taught to act in a safe manner but making these cars completely electronic was not acting in a safe matter. This relates to the world because if this car had accelerated on neighborhood roads instead of the highway many people would have probably died.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010


Students helping Students” by Professor Wesch tells of a group of students that pooled in together to create a fund for students that need the financial help to continue their college carriers, this is important because nobody knows when a second chance might be lurking waiting for somebody to surprise. These students used the extra they had to replace the missing the others had. This is a great story. It relates to the world by showing how people can be considerate and there for others. This related to education and the individual by telling them that it is never too late and to keep trying because there could be and opportunity waiting around the corner.


Commerce City family outraged when cops shoot their dog,” by the Denver Post tells of a family who lost their dog after a Sheriff’s Deputy shoots and kills the dog, this is important because he family is able to argue and even take a civil case against the sheriff and the deputy. The deputy was responding to a accidental 911 call (usual police business) when she saw a dog running at her. The deputy claimed to be defending herself when she shot the approaching dog. The dog’s family claimed that the dog is not viscous and has never taken any aggression toward the UPS and Fedex delivery personnel that regularly come to the house. Regardless who is at fault this is a great example of America’s great political structure. The family disagreed with how the situation was taken care of so they went to the sheriff himself and the press to show their disagreement. This is amazing because in many other countries the police have the power and don’t have to answer to anyone let alone the citizens. This relates to the world because America is showing how great the people rights are and what they can do to the political structure. This relates to education and everyone because anyone can take a situation they disagreement to the press, their government, or create their own movement.

Sunday, February 7, 2010


Snow Being Truck in for the Olympics” by Rocky Thompson tells of snow being trucked into Vancouver for the winter Olympics. This is important because every two years Olympic Games happen. These games are great world tradition. During these games the world nearly stops and all focus is spent on the athletes from ones home country. The location of the games is a big deal also. Years in advance world leaders meet with the Olympic staff and fight about where to have the Olympics. This year the winter games are taking place in Vancouver BC, Canada.In education people are taught to pick the best location for the required needs, these leaders are not using education. It is ridicules that snow has to be trucked in to Vancouver just to provide enough snow for the games. There are so many places that there is enough snow to build the super pipe needed for the Games. This relates to the world because there are so many better places to have the Olympics. Are these locations picked by political leaders for; location, suitability, or political gain. This relates to me because the Olympics could have taken place in Winter Park very close to me but instead they are many miles away. The games are important to almost every world citizen and the games need to take place somewhere where there is at least enough snow.

Friday, February 5, 2010


Fire at Kennel Kills three dogs” from tells of a fire that burnt at a kennel where dogs where being held. These dogs were completely defenseless as the fire burn through there cages. The dogs where trapped and had no hope of escape. Kennels are made of wood most of the time but some kennels have built metal structures to prevent these fires from killing defenseless dogs. In education students are taught use the best material for the job but in this case the best material was not used. Every kennel needs to be made out of fire resistant material or have sprinklers installed. This does not necessarily relate to me but the world has the responsibility to use the best materials for every job especially when it comes to all living creature's safety.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010


“U.S. Floating Trauma Center Arrives in Haiti” by Steve Sternberg of the USA Today, tells of the USN hospital ship traveling to Haiti to provide medical support for the earthquake victims. It is amazing how America will come to anyone’s aid to help them. Recently, America has responded to a tsunamis, hurricanes, and earthquakes such as in Haiti. America has always been able to respond for countries in need and will continue. Also, it isn’t just the military it is also the American people. So far the American people have donated millions of dollars in relief including food and shelters. Another way America is helping is by sending volunteer emergency workers to disaster zones. With all this help going into Haiti it is a wonder why other people in the world have stereo typical views of Americans in a negative way

Monday, January 25, 2010


Dr. Warcshauer is researching the use of laptops in school classrooms, Littleton Public Schools has already spent thousands of dollars on laptops for classrooms, this is important because the money is taxpayers and needs to be spent wisely. Laptops are a very useful tool in the real world. It isn’t often that a laptop isn’t present in and office or business setting. If these computers are so useful it is should be a requirement to learn how to use one before the working world. Also, after purchasing and using these computers in the classroom it has been discovered that they are actually an excellent tool for education in other subjects. Laptops may be expensive, but the benefits are far greater than the cost.

Thursday, January 21, 2010


"Ex-Paramedics in N.M. Make Bogus 911 Call to Steal Drugs" from EMS tells of a pair of former paramedics breaking into an ambulance in an attempt to steal narcotics, this is important because this sort of crime happens all the time. Everyone has heard at least one story of somebody who "turned bad" and used their knowledge to take advantage of someone or something that they used to help. There are stories of former soldiers breaking into military bases to steal tanks, and police officers being corrupt and using their powers to obtain illegal drugs.Since this type of problem their should be some way of keeping those people with powers in check. It would be very difficult to stop this but since it happens so often something needs to be done.


World hunger is a massive problem in the world, people of all ages are dying without a chance to rise above hunger. Many people believe that helping is pointless, but really if everyone pitched in humans could eliminate hunger from America. In America there is 60 times more money spent on obesity research than there is money spent on food aid for third world countries. If everyone worked together and stopped waisting money and food we could virtually eliminate the problem.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010


The internet is changing my life in many ways, I can synchronize almost everything through my Google account, this is important because my life is much quicker and more to the point now. Instead of writing everything down on paper and keeping those papers together I can now use my Google account to keep track of emails (which are replacing paper mail), have my calender organized, and search endless sources for the information I am looking for. The internet has also revolutionized my life by letting me learn thousands of new things that before I would have no way to learn except by talking to an expert. Now I have millions of experts in all sorts of fields at my disposal ready to give their wisdom away. Obviously the internet is changing my life.